June 19, 2016 |
You can judge Maggie Balint by the speed of her fastball. You can judge the senior by the way her rise fools batters into swinging when it is out of the zone. You can judge her by the number of strikeouts and wins she has accumulated over the years. It's all impressive, stunning actually. But all of that is just part of the picture, a fraction as to why the righthanded Oregon recruit is the Inquirer's Southeastern Pennsylvania softball player of the year for the third consecutive season.
June 8, 2016 |
Pitcher Maggie Balint thought that a coin flip would decide who was the home team for Avon Grove's first-round contest Monday in the PIAA Class 4A state softball tournament. But then the co-captain found out the Red Devils would be the away team against Archbishop Ryan - with no coin toss - for the first time in three weeks. It was no big deal for Balint, an Oregon recruit who said she likes hitting in the top of the inning because she enjoys getting a run right away. And Avon Grove got the jump on Ryan from the start in the game at Arcadia University.
May 27, 2016 |
Kate Ostaszewski yelled, "Dive. " So Vicki Black did. Black, the centerfielder for the Archbishop Ryan softball team, came charging in on a line drive in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday at Arcadia University. With runners at the corners, Cardinal O'Hara was looking to tie the score in the Catholic League softball title game. That's when she heard Ostaszewski, who wasn't too far away, from left field. The senior didn't hesitate. "I knew it was a straight line drive," Black said.
May 18, 2016 |
Archbishop Wood's Marisa Browne struck out eight batters Monday in a nine-inning, 4-3 home victory over Archbishop Ryan in Catholic League softball. Alicia Skinner scored the winning run on an error. SOL American. Meghan Smajda, who is pitching with a torn knee ligament, got her first win as visiting Cheltenham beat Springfield (Montco), 3-1. Baseball Angus Mayock knocked in four runs and earned the win as visiting Conestoga defeated Upper Darby, 14-4, in the second game of a doubleheader.
May 16, 2016 |
The boys' 100-meter finals at the Catholic League track and field championships on Saturday afternoon included several sprinters who also excel on the gridiron. La Salle receivers Charles Headen and Winston Eubanks, West Catholic receiver Jameer Bryson, and St. Joseph's Prep tailback D'Andre Swift were part of the top-notch field. Headen leaned in at the end and claimed gold at Cardinal O'Hara with a clocking of 10.88 seconds. Bryson (11.07), Eubanks (11.11), and Swift (11.17) were next in line.
April 29, 2016 |
Striking out nine, James Kelly moved to 3-1 on the season with a three-hitter in Archbishop Carroll's 4-2 victory over host Cardinal O'Hara in a Catholic League matchup Wednesday. The junior pitcher has 39 strikeouts and has allowed only nine earned runs in 29 innings this season. Kevin Downs went 2 for 4 with a double while Chris Altopiedi went 2 for 3 for the Patriots. Elsewhere in Catholic League baseball action: Joey Lancellotti hit a three-run home run in Archbishop Wood's 11-run third inning in a 12-4 rout of host Lansdale Catholic.
April 25, 2016 |
Ed Ulmer's longtime dedication as a track and field coach was witnessed on many dank and bitter winter days. Late on a Friday afternoon, Ulmer would leave Archbishop Ryan with the girls' team and make the rush-hour trip to Lehigh University for an indoor meet. He didn't return home until 12:30 or 1 a.m. Then, on about four hours of sleep, he would drive back in the dark to Ryan, gather the members of the boys' squad, and return to Lehigh for the same. And he happily did it every other weekend.
April 21, 2016 |
With two outs and the game-tying run on second base, Archbishop Ryan pitcher Alexa Marasheski struck out St. Hubert's Avery Hibbs to seal a 10-8 Catholic League home victory on Tuesday. Marasheski improved her personal record and her team's record to 6-0, 3-0 league. She pitched all seven innings, allowing eight hits and four earned runs while striking out two and walking three. Vicki Black went 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored for the winners. Ryan sophomore Kate Ostaszewski went 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored while her senior sister, Sarah Ostaszewski, went 1 for 4 with three RBIs.
April 12, 2016 |
At the Ostaszewski house in the Chalfont neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia, there's no doubt about who is in charge. At least not according to the family's two youngest members: Emily and Kate. "Sarah is the boss," Emily said through laughter, when speaking about her older sister. Kate would later agree with the sentiment. The same goes for the Archbishop Ryan softball squad, where Sarah, a two-year captain, is often referred to as the "team mom. " On the field, Sarah - a catcher - calls the pitches for the Ragdolls, led the team in batting last season, and has an impressively accurate arm. "Talk about a five-tool player," Ryan coach John Kidwell said.
April 10, 2016 |
Will Park threw a complete game to pace Episcopal Academy to a 4-2 win over visiting Archbishop Ryan in a nonleague baseball game Friday. Park stuck out seven batters and allowed three hits. A.J. Lotsis and Kyle Virbitsky hit triples for the Churchmen. Lotsis drove in two runs. Alex Burman and Cole Dumont each had an RBI. In other nonleague action: Kenneth Rodriguez stuck out five and went the distance in host George School's 5-1 victory over Hill School. Chris Beverly went 2 for 4 with a double, two RBIs, and a run. Luke Haug drove in a run and scored twice.